L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation

Hey guys! As most of you know, L’Oreal recently released a new line of foundations. The Infallible Pro-Glow foundations are formulated with a radiant finish and made for normal to dry skintypes. Pro-Glow is billed as a 24-hour foundation, but I don’t know anyone that would wear it for that long! It comes in a range of 12 shades. Matching to drugstore foundations is tricky for me, so I picked up 201 Classic Ivory, 203 Nude Beige, and 204 Natural Buff to try out.

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I could not find an exact match in any of these shades. 201 was much too light, while 204 was way too dark. 203 was only a hair darker than my HG foundation shade (MUFE HD N115) at first, but it oxidized once it dried to a much darker color. I was able to mix a decent match between 201 & 203, but it wasn’t perfect.

As far as wear, this foundation was impeccable. I used it with my usual primers and routine and it applied flawlessly. At the end of the night, when I was about to remove my makeup after being in nightclubs and outside in the humid summer weather for the last 5 hours, it had not budged an inch! The only downside was that there was some light creasing around my smile lines, but that happens to me with all foundations that I try. Pro-Glow did not emphasize dry patches, break up around my nose & T-zone, and did not wear away along my jawline and chin. I will not be testing it to see if it truly stays put for 24 hours, but if it didn’t budge in this instance, I can easily see it staying put for a whole day, no problem.

At roughly $12 per 1-ounce bottle, this foundation is a great find. I do wish that the shade range was a bit more inclusive, so more people could find a match, but I think those that can will be very happy with this product. It is available on Ulta’s website as well as on Amazon.

Have any of you tried this product? What did you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

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Kat Von D Serpentina Palette

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week. A few days ago, the Kat Von D Serpentina palette launched on the KVD brand and Sephora websites. Naturally, I had to get it to try out for you guys! I ordered it Tuesday and it was waiting for me when I got home from work today. Sephora never lets me down with that Flash 2 Day shipping.

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kat von d serpentina palette inside

I should start by saying that I had some reservations about this palette. I wanted to purchase it regardless so I could review it for you guys, but based on my experience with some of KVD’s previous palettes, I wasn’t sure I would end up liking it!

Let’s discuss the packaging first. It’s a very long palette, similar to the length of Jeffree Star’s Beauty Killer. Serpentina is constructed out of cardboard but it feels very sturdy, especially with its magnetic closure. The palette itself is pretty weighty in-hand. I didn’t expect the pans to be set so deeply inside the palette, but I suppose it’s necessary in order to make room for the jar of pigment and the mirror. The sifter jar of pigment pops out of the tray and is made of plastic, which doesn’t bother me because it feels fairly sturdy. I like that the top of the lid is transparent so you can see the pigment inside.

kat von d serpentina palette eyeshadows

kat von d serpentina palette eyeshadows and pigment

kat von d serpentina palette prophet loose pigment

I swatched all colors the same way to show the differences in pigmentation between the shades:

  • Bloodmilk: Great pigmentation, very creamy. A little kick up in the pan after swatching, but nothing major.
  • Medusa: Great pigmentation. Nothing negative to say about this shade except that I would have preferred a different color, given that we have Prophet!
  • Ankh: Fairly pigmented for a black glitter eyeshadow, but we have hella fallout with this one. It’s definitely the worst with fallout in this palette!
  • Queen: Very nice, beautiful shade. Good pigmentation, good application, no chunkiness to the formula. Nothing negative to say!
  • Hieroglyph: Performs similarly to Queen, only a little less pigmented. There’s nothing glaringly awesome or glaringly negative to say about either of these shades.
  • Nile: Absolutely beautiful color, but the formula leaves a lot to be desired. Probably the 3rd worst with fallout in this palette. While really pigmented, the formula balled up under my finger while in the pan. Lots of kick-up in the pan as well.
  • Scarab: Great color, but the 2nd worst (or maybe tied for 1st?) about fallout in this palette. The same issues as Nile, honestly. You can see the clumps in the swatch picture below!
  • Venom: A decent matte. I know purples are hard to formulate, so I will take it easy on this shade. It could have certainly been worse.
  • Prophet: I was a little skeptical to try Prophet, as this was my first loose shadow that I’ve ever messed with. I swatched it loose on my arm, but when I applied it to my mobile lid, I dampened the brush with Fix+ first. LAWD. The pigmentation, the shine. A little went a very long way and it blended easily with the other shadows I used.

kat von d serpentina swatches

kat von d serpentina after swatches

kat von d eye look eotd

In the future, I will definitely use a transition shade before working with these colors. I was able to do a decent job on my quick & dirty EOTD above, but that was mostly thanks to a previously used blending brush covered with a peachy neutral shadow haha. It’s a bummer that this palette doesn’t come with a transition shade included, but I also think that helps keep the palette extremely versatile. You can literally pair it with anything! I will certainly continue playing with this palette, but so far I am very impressed and very much enjoying Serpentina. I think this palette is an excellent alternative for those who want to start wearing colored shadows but aren’t interested in neon brights. The colors in this palette also seem like they’ll look perfect on all skintones and would look great for fall!

Who else managed to get their hands on Serpentina? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to see the looks you come up with! ❤

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer

Hey everyone! Make Up For Ever recently released a new line of Ultra HD concealers to correspond with their Ultra HD foundation range. They released 10 shades, 5 with red undertones (for color correction) and 5 with yellow undertones (for concealing).

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After looking up the shades using Sephora’s Color IQ I decided to buy R20, the lightest shade, to test out. I thought it looked a little light, but I was not prepared for just how pale it actually was. My HG concealer is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, which is the second lightest shade in the range. R20 looks like Wite-Out compared to it!

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Although I knew that it was going to be too light for me, I decided to give it a shot anyway. The Ultra HD concealer is very pigmented, so I used only a small amount in my test to see how much coverage it delivered.

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See? Just a tiny little dollop under each eye. I was really pleased with how creamy the product was. I used a Beauty Blender to blend it out and found it to be a little sticky, but it blended well. The coverage was excellent for how little I used! Almost comparable to my NARS concealer. I did set the Ultra HD with powder after I blended it out and wore it for about 2 hours and found that it had hardly creased!

Aside from the color, I loved this concealer! It is just too pale since I don’t drastically highlight my undereye. I would love to see Make Up For Ever expand their shade range and include some more shades, because I feel like the current offering doesn’t suit everyone the way that their foundation range does!

Do any of you have this concealer? What do you think of it? ❤